Your legal responsibility
By law, all children of compulsory school age (5 to 16) must receive a suitable full-time education. As a parent, you have a legal responsibility to make sure this happens - either by registering your child at a school or by making other arrangements to give them a suitable, full-time education. Once your child is registered at a school, you are legally responsible for making sure they attend regularly. If they do not attend, you will be contacted by your child's school or the local authority.
Local authorities have a duty to step in if they believe a child is not getting the education required by law, either at home or at school. If your child is missing school, you may be visited by a member of the Education Welfare Service who will talk to you about your child's attendance problems.
There will be times when your child cannot go to school, this is known as an ‘Authorised Absence', and the school must be told in advance. Your school can only authorise an absence if:
The City of Cardiff Council has now asked head teachers not to authorise requests for a holiday in term-time. There is no right that enables parents and carers to take a child out of school for a term-time holiday.
*Please note in relation to taking a holiday in term time, Head teachers retain discretion to authorise holidays and are able to assess individual and exceptional circumstances.
To put this in context, schools are open to pupils on 190 days of the year which leaves 175 days for holidays and visiting family.
It is unacceptable to take your child out of school for any of the following reasons:
We hope this page gives you all the information you need about your child’s attendance at St. Patrick's School. We understand that there can be tricky times and so we offer our full support with any attendance issue … but keeping us in the loop is the key.
If there are ever any problems, please do not hesitate to come and see us.